DELHI -- A Delhi man driving a stolen motorcycle was injured when he crashed while leading deputies on a high-speed chase Monday afternoon, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported Tuesday.
A deputy said he spotted the 38-year-old man driving without a helmet on El Capitan Way and Third Street around 3 p.m.
As the deputy tried to pull over the motorcycle, the driver accelerated and tried to get away, said deputy Tom MacKenzie, a Sheriff's Department spokesman.
The motorcycle ran a stop sign at Letteau Avenue and Stephens Street, but the driver lost control while trying to negotiate a curve at a high rate of speed, MacKenzie said. The motorcycle then hit a curb and crashed, he said.
The man was detained by authorities and transported to a Modesto-area hospital. MacKenzie said he will undergo 48 hours of observation for possible head injuries.
The motorcycle was reported stolen from Turlock. When released from the hospital, the man will face charges related to possession of a stolen vehicle, MacKenzie said.
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